Gertrude St Projection Festival 2015

Finding Your Way: Finding Home by Deb Bain­-King

Finding Your Way: Finding Home by Deb Bain­-King

The hallowed Gertrude St was illuminated once again for the annual Gertrude St Projection Festival. Better known as GSPF, a brilliant not-for-profit event exhibits emerging new media artists’ site-specific art pieces in Fitzroy.

While these works are best experienced in real life, here are some of my highlights of the event.

View the full GSPF Archive Gallery on Flickr.

Atherton Towers - Form Work by Guled Abdulwasi

Atherton Towers – Form Work by Guled Abdulwasi

Water falls and other features by Zoe Scoglio, at Seventh Gallery

Water falls and other features by Zoe Scoglio, at Seventh Gallery

Echelon by Culture Mechanics

Echelon by Culture Mechanics

Published in the mX

Vivid Sydney and Melbourne at night

Published in the mX:
(left) Youtuber Miss Liddles getting hands on at Vivid, Sydney. (right) Docklands at night.

A great honor to have had a couple of my photographs published in the final issues of the mX newspaper, across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this week.

The mX newspaper is a free, daily newspaper, published by News Corp for the past 14 years. A beloved part of the daily commute for inner city workers across the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

On a personal note, thank you to the talented team behind the mX for brightening up my daily commute. I remember when the first issue was published, the mX will be sorely missed.

Monaco in one day

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

The world turns its collective sights onto Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix each May.

Monaco marches to its own beat. The second-smallest country in the world and home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita. It has no formal borders with France (so you won’t get a Monaco stamp in your passport), yet has it’s own royal family. It isn’t a member of the European Union, but uses the EURO currency and has no income tax.

Monte Carlo is THE playground for the rich and famous on the French Riviera. European sports cars line the streets, yachts swan about the harbor and gamblers the world have a roll of the dice.

Last year, I had a brief visit to Monte Carlo, whilst traveling around the Cote d’Azur. Here is my travel photography, from a quieter moment in the most exclusive city in the world. Read more…

Highlights from VAMFF 2015 – Photos!

Miss Vogue runway finale

Miss Vogue runway finale

The highlight of every Melbourne fashionista’s calendar, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, arrived at the Docklands precinct once again. I covered the runway action, for the 6th consecutive year (I am becoming quite the veteran)! Maybe the influence of Virgin is responsible for the increasingly international presence, this year saw a few labels with roots in US and France.

> View the full gallery on Flickr

Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje on the David Jones runway

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Gorman's latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

Gorman’s latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

A new look from Thurley

A new look from Thurley

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Costarella's LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Costarella’s LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

That's a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

That’s a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

Backstage with Priceline

Backstage with Priceline

Don’t forget, you can check out the full gallery on Flickr.

White Night Melbourne 2015 Photos

St Paul's Cathedral during White Night Melbourne 2015

St Paul’s Cathedral – White Night Melbourne 2015

White Night Melbourne returned for a third year, attracting approximately 500,000 people to the streets of Melbourne for the all night program of illuminations and cultural events. Scheduled on the same day as Soundwave, I managed to capture a few highlights. Another fascinating sensory overload on a hot Summer’s night. This is what I saw.

Wonderland

White Night Melbourne 2015 - Wonderland

Flinders St – White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden

Sita's Garden Lotus Pond - White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden Lotus Pond


Sita's Garden - White Night Melbounre

Sita’s Garden – The Crucible

Colonise

Scots' Church - Colonise

Scots’ Church – Colonise

Check out my archive of White Night Melbourne photos, 2013-2015.

Beach Maternity Photoshoot

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Maternity goes tribal

My first maternity shoot was with one of the most gorgeous mum-to-be! At 36 weeks, Tate rocked our beach-themed pregnancy photoshoot, along Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne.

Shot at sunset, I went for a glam, fun and down-to-earth vibe, which is exactly who Tate is. With some fabulous clothes from Jeanswest, I styled the wardrobe with fashion-forward pieces which have a tribal edge, yet not explicitly ‘maternity wear’. Check out the series below.

Pregnancy portrait

Tribal queen

Tate & Evan

Tate & Evan

36 weeks

36 weeks

Tate & Evan
In the sea
Nautical glam

Nautical glam

Tate wears 'Arabella' Kimono

When’s it due?

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Tina Arena – Reset Tour Photos!

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena’s Australian tour wrapped in her hometown of Melbourne, at the iconic Palais Theatre, supported by emerging Australian singer-songwriter Alys and Greek-French singer George Perris. As a long-time fan, I had the great pleasure of photographing her show in this precious venue for Life Music Media, check out the gallery.

Tina’s Melbourne Set List

  • Let Me In
  • Out of the Blue
  • Soul Mate #9
  • Dare You To Be Happy
  • Sorrento Moon
  • Still Running
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Destination Unknown
  • What It Is
  • Only Lonely
  • Reset All
  • Don’t Hide
  • Never (Past Tense)
  • Burn
  • Symphony of Life
  • Heaven Help My Heart
  • Chains
  • I Need Your Body
  • You Set Fire To My Life

George Perris

George Perris

Alys

Alys

Last year, one of my concert photos was published in Tina Arena’s autobiography.

The Rome Photoshoots

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have seen a plethora of behind the scenes imagery I posted in Europe. I’m pleased to finally show you the final product.

In Rome, Italy, I collaborated with three amazing alternative models on a series of fashion photoshoots. Each one unique, showcasing a different underground take on the Eternal City’s thriving fashion scene.

Miss Milky Butterfly

Milky Butterfly

Burlesque photoshoot

Vintage showgirl photoshoot with Milky Butterfly – Burlesque Starlette. Shot at Libro Di Vino, a cute book & wine bar in downtown Rome, view the gallery.

Strange Little Girl

Strange Little Girl photoshoot

Indie photoshoot

Quirky street fashion photoshoot with Indie/Alternative model Sara De Santis, check out the gallery.

Roman Gothique

Roman Gothique photoshoot

Gothic photoshoot

A dark editorial series with gothic model, il Gatto Mannaro. Shot on a gorgeous medieval bridge, check out the gallery.

Open House Melbourne 2014 Photos

Argus Building

OHM 2014 – First look at the Argus Building renovations

Melbourne was flooded with a sea of purple last weekend, as Open House Melbourne opened the doors to some of Melbourne’s favourite and iconic buildings to the public, for the seventh year. This year, I volunteered my photography skills to document this insightful, not-for-profit event.

Open House Melbourne is always a highlight of my annual photography events. I am a sucker for local history and sneaking into places, and it was a pleasure to be able to give back to this cultural event by volunteering as an event photographer. Over the weekend, I managed to see behind closed doors of some remarkable historic sights that I had never seen and revisit some old favourites.

Check out my archive of Open House Melbourne photos 2010-2014.

Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

Restored ceiling at Argus Building

During my Uni days, the Argus Building on the corner of Elizabeth & Latrobe Streets was always boarded up, covered in graffiti and probably occupied by squatters. I was intrigued.
The Argus Building was home to local newspaper The Argus, which ceased publication in the 1950s and ceased occupation. It’s beaux arts-style architecture fell into disrepair until the Melbourne Institute of Technology earmarked it for redevelopment to turn it into a bustling CBD campus. While only the facade was heritage listed, the long-term foresight of the university and architect firm DesignInc painstakingly restored the foyer and it’s ornate vaulted ceiling to its former grandeur. OHM provided the first glimpse of the renovations to the public, due to open January 2015.

Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

OHM Pop-up Bar at Old Melbourne Gaol

Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol (well… I am a local, not a tourist). What a way to experience it – illuminated red for Open House Melbourne’s Pop-up Bar event. Built in 1839, it famously housed bush-ranger Ned Kelly. Now a museum, you can explore the gaol cells and learn about the men and women who were imprisoned here, some notorious, some wrongly convicted, which gives great insight to the values Australia held at the time.

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Hawthorn Tram Depot

Inside a 1920′s X Class M&MTB Tram

Finally opened to the public, I believe the Hawthorn Tram Depot will become one of Melbourne’s must-see tourist spots. Housing an impressively restored collection of Melbourne’s tram fleet throughout the years, patrons can walk in, sit in the drivers seat and toot the horns of these iconic public transportation vehicles.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral

Inside St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built in the heat of Melbourne’s gold rush, this cathedral was built in the opulence of Gothic Revival style, which perfectly encapsulates ‘booming Melbourne’. I liked this cute moment captured, a little girl mesmerised by the candles against the grandeur of the medieval-style doors.

Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall

Mirrored walls at Hamer Hall

From the old, to the new… I satisfied my inner music nerd with a visit to The Arts Centre. It’s not often that we celebrate 1980′s architecture, but the lights reflecting in the mirrored staircase is a fantastic way to enter a venue.

Gertrude St Light Projection Festival 2014

Atherton Gardens

Lighthouse by Nick Azidis at the Atherton Gardens

Fitzroy came alive this Winter thanks to the Gertrude St Light Projection Festival, a brilliant not for profit event that brings site-specific illumination art to the buildings and alleys of Gertrude St.

Forty media arts projects lit Gertrude St; from buildings, to shop windows and even a Volkswagen Beatle were all fair game for these artists. Low light photography has always been a passion of mine, so I always make sure to photograph this event (check out my 2013 photos here). However, these works are best experienced in real life.

Here are just a few photographic highlights from the festival. View the full 2014 Gallery on Flickr.

The Peoples Car by Olaf Meyer

The Peoples Car by Olaf Meyer

Plasmatic Transience by Andy Buchanan

Plasmatic Transience by Andy Buchanan

Transition by Yandell Walton

Transition by Yandell Walton

Young Blood by Arika Waulu

Young Blood by Arika Waulu